The 2023 World Cup group stage is ending with a match between India and the Netherlands. India, at the top, playing the Netherlands, at the bottom. If India wins, it gives them a little boost.
But if the Netherlands wins, it’s a huge surprise and a confidence boost for them, also a good chance for them to get into the 2024 Champions Trophy.
While all of this is happening, there are some really big records that might be broken. Take a look at them here:
#1 Virat Kohli is just one century away from breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record
Beginning with the evident, India’s No. 3, Virat Kohli, matched Sachin Tendulkar’s record with his 49th ODI hundred against South Africa at the Eden Gardens. Today, he has the opportunity to surpass it.
A century would establish him as the sole holder of 50 ODI hundreds. Tendulkar achieved the 49-century milestone in his 451st ODI innings, while Kohli has a good chance of achieving this in just his 278th innings.
#2 Rohit Sharma can surpass AB de Villiers’ record with just one more six
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has several records in sight. Two of them, both related to sixes, are noteworthy. Presently, he shares the record for the most sixes in a calendar year in ODIs with 58. If he hits one more today, he could surpass AB de Villiers (58 sixes in 2015) and claim the top spot.
Additionally, Rohit has a total of 45 sixes in ODI World Cups. If he hits five more today, he will surpass Chris Gayle (49 sixes) and become the leading six-hitter in the history of the competition.
#3 Bas de Leede has the opportunity to become the highest wicket-taker for the Netherlands in World Cups
Netherlands’ rising star, Bas de Leede, is their top wicket-taker in the 2023 World Cup with 14 wickets. Interestingly, this achievement matches his father’s, Timotheus de Leede, who took 14 wickets between 1996-2007.
Bas achieved this in seven innings. One more wicket today, and he becomes the first Dutchman to reach 15 wickets in World Cups, securing the top spot. His varied pace in the middle and death overs could trouble India.
#4 Rohit Sharma could set a record as the top-scoring Indian captain in a World Cup
Rohit Sharma’s standout performance of 648 runs in the 2019 World Cup was as India’s vice-captain. In the 2023 edition, as the captain, his run total is not as high, but he has played a vital aggressive role at the top of the order, accumulating 442 runs from eight matches at an average of 55.25.
With 24 more runs today, he can surpass Sourav Ganguly (465 runs in eight innings in 2002/03) and become India’s highest run-scorer in a single edition of a World Cup. The overall record, held by Kane Williamson with 578 runs in 2019, would require Rohit to score 136 more runs to surpass it today.